AROUND TOWN

RWTH x Madewell, Babes Meeting Babes

Dear wonderful babes, it was so nice to meet some of you for the first time this past Sunday at Madewell Philly!

Gone are the times when it was weird to walk up to someone and say 'hey, I follow you on Instagram.' I actually used to fight that, but over the years I've realized that there's no point! Whether you work regular hours or odd hours or no hours, meeting other women who have a common interest isn't always easy. That's why I love riding motorcycles and why I wanted to do this event at Madewell.

A huge shoutout and thank you to Madewell and to Lily, in particular, (who used to be the event coordinator for Madewell's Philly location) for coming up with the idea and setting this up. I'm so thrilled to now have you working with me at RevZilla. :)

Another big thank you to the ladies of The Fox Run for sharing the event and meeting up! It was awesome to meet so many of you and to see you meet each other for the first time too.

And to Virginia, Babes Ride Out's East Coast manager, for sharing the event as well.

The whole point of this event was to meet other ladies who ride or are interested in riding, and maybe shop and drink and eat a little too. Because, why not?

And drink & eat we did! Thank you Art In The Age, for the Sage and Rhubarb cocktails (a post on summer favorites from them to come), and Lil Pop Shop for the sweets!

I can't wait to see you all at the Fox Run & Babes Ride Out East Coast! xoxo

Harmony, Lucy, Marie, Kelly, & Mae of The Fox Run. See you ladies soon!

Madewell x RUNWTHEHUNTED present..

As a rider and a DoItYourself woman I value quality, fit and function. I seek clothing that is both flattering and utilitarian, serving my needs as a do-somethin woman. Like many women, I crave goods that will stand up to the adventures of my day to day life.

I wear Madewell jeans because they do just that.

Join us next Sunday at Madewell's Walnut Street store for a:

Meet n' Greet & Shop Event!

Meet other girls who have a passion for two wheels and shop n' sip with sweets while you exchange info for this Spring's upcoming all-female rides: The Fox Run & Babes Ride Out East Coast!

See you there!

Important and True: Madewell's heavier-weight jeans don't rip at the thighs or stretch out at the butt. But, they are not considered riding gear.

Even the heaviest weight denim is not proper riding gear unless it is lined or reinforced. Preferably with an abrasion resistant material like kevlar and/or CE rated armor. Find out more on RevZilla.com.

IT ALL STARTED WITH A SIGN : BABE CAVE, LONDON

About a year ago I was thumbing through Instagram and came across this wonderful feed of beautiful roads, a beautiful girl, and two words that made me want to leave work to hang with my friends.

BABE CAVE. A British brand selling t-shirts, patches and vintage finds. Inspired by motorcycle culture, music and everything 70s.

But, that's not why I support the brand. After introducing herself as best one could from across the pond, I asked the woman behind Babe Cave to tell me how it came about. Here's her story:

"So a little about myself,

My name Louise Henesy but my friends call me Weeze. I'm 28 years old and currently live in Hackney, London.

I got into motorcycles a couple years ago, during a road trip with my friend, one of those bucket list check points.  We planned our trip LA to San Francisco to Joshua Tree & Palm Springs.  When we were staying at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs we invited our friends to join us out there and they came by motorcycle.  I mentioned I had never been on one and yeah within a couple of hours I was sitting on the back having a ride round Palm Springs.  I was hooked.  
I first learnt to ride about year and a half ago, my birthday fell on a Monday, so you can imagine all my friends were working, so I ended up going north to my parents place for a long weekend. As I got to my home town I noticed a motorcycle training centre had just opened and I thought 'fuck it I'm diving in'  So I booked my CBT for the day of my birthday and it was honestly the best birthday ever!!  I spent my birthday learning everything as I was a total motorcycle rookie.  I think as I've gotten older I have a more 'make shit happen' attitude.  I currently don't have a bike, but next year I will invest. London life is super expensive so it's a case of saving what I can each month.

Babe Cave launched Summer 2015 and has been a dream.  I was going through some changes at work & as all creative people know the visual element in business is sometimes a 'luxury'.  So as visual work was a risk I had to really think about the bigger picture.  At this point there were some real strong brands beginning to emerge from really inspiring women and I knew this was something that maybe could bridge the gap if anything did happen to my visual work and it was something I'm passionate about. The name Babe Cave came about during my road trip along the PCH, I bought a sign from some store for my apartment back home & the name kind of struck a chord

Babe Cave is influenced by 70s vibes and motorcycle culture.  I'm heavily influenced by music so a lot of my designs & social posts reference lyrics and are often given a twist. I have also recently added a Vintage Section to the Cave so I thrift when I can and its how I love to spend my weekends. Most recent collab is with my friend Matt Sabbath. He came up with a great design & his artwork is that 70s psychedelic feel so it felt like a great partnership.  He understood the brand & I was confident to let him come up with some ideas, I gave him some slogan & lyrics to play around with and I'm stoked on the end result."

On Music

"I love all types of music but I think the music that spoke to me the most was defiantly Punk.  Punk has shaped my life & made me the person I am today.  Punk then turned into Hardcore punk and I think thats where I found excitement and felt part of something real special. Bands like MDC, Minor Threat, Jerrys Kids and Negative Approach are massive influences in my life.  I could identify with their lyrics and loved the explosive energy they had when they played.  Aside from Hardcore Punk, I love 70s rock 'n roll bands like Black Sabbath, Lynyrd skynyrd, ZZ Top and of course Creedence.  These guys were perfect for my first road-trip along the coast. The soundtrack was simply called "the playlist with Ted Nugent on."

On the Influence of the 70s
The 70s was such an explosive time, punk was blowing up homes & the skateboarding scene took on new level. The 70s was 'radical' in every possible way, everything was a FUCK IT / DIY kinda vibe and thats what Babe Cave is all about. Its two fingers up to people who say you can't do this and to authority.  Do what you want, fail or succeed, who gives a fuck as long as you are enjoying the ride."

On Moto

"The women's motorcycle scene is really taking off here in England and its great to see!  I think women doing something that has been generally populated by males is amazing and I'm super supportive of these strong women.  I've found a lot of very supportive female bikers who have welcomed me into their world and are always on hand for advice.  No matter what level you are at riding the support has been unreal and it's super refreshing."

On Heroes - "The girls owning their own brand and killing it."

Elena Costa for 'The Costa Sisters' & Buffalo Riders - "Elena and her sister are videographers and produce the most beautiful videos for events. It's super dreamy. Those girls work real hard and you can really tell by the quality of their work."

Burds London - www.burdsldn.com - "These babes specialise in badass denim, double strength denim for bikers.  I love their aesthetic and branding so if you guys are after some killer denim that will last, head over to their store"

 

Follow Babe Cave // Instagram @babecavelondon

Shop The Look // Join the Cave @ http://www.babecavelondon.com

PHILLY'S OWN: JINXED

Around Town is all about celebrating the details and finding things that say Y-O-U. One way we tend to do that is through our homes and through the shops where we hunt for home.

On the Hunt & Home part of the site, you’ll find lots of Philly interiors that are full of unique things. I’m proud to say that a lot of those things were found in our very own city at our very own Philly-born JINXED.

JINXED is a retail brand comprised of five stores that sell vintage decor, housewares and t-shirts while also supporting underground artists and small businesses in the Philly area. What sets them apart is their unconventionally fairly priced vintage and their cool-yet-not-too-cool shop attitude!

In addition to the shops JINXED also sells some pieces daily through Instagram. If you don't follow them already, you should check them out! You never know when that perfect piece will pop up. Just act quickly, because they sell immediately.

S H O P  T A L K

On the eve of the official opening of their FIFTH storeGrand Opening this Saturday, Dec. 12th, from 12-8PM @4521 Baltimore Ave, West Philly- I met up with the Philly born shop-owner, Mike Supermodel, to talk about the evolution of the business.

The first thing I asked him was how he wound up with five stores, most of which opened in just the past few years. His response: “things happen by accident- but, not really.”

Okay, I thought. Please explain...

U N E X P E C T E D  B E G I N N I N G S

When Mike bought JINXED in 2004 it was a t-shirt company and the original store was on 4th street, just south of South street.

I was in high school at the time, and what I remember is an obscure little shop with lots of street-style art and in-your-face-shirts. I also remember Mike being a little intimidating, but no furniture to speak of. Then the recession hit and South Street, along with most of the stores on it, kind of trailed off.

At that point, JINXED shifted its focus to going to Tattoo Conventions where Mike continued to sell shirts. Through that scene, he also met a few other business owners who eventually asked him to share a retail space. And so, the JINXED store at the Piazza in Northern Liberties was born.

But when the other renters sharing the storefront ultimately decided to move on to other things, Mike was left with a big space and not a lot to fill it. Not wanting to close the store, he hit the streets to try to come up with a plan.

Where he wound up was at the intersection of Kensington and Allegheny, probably one of the gnarliest drug corners in Philly at the time. But, what he found there wasn't what anyone might expect.

In Philly, especially in the deep pocket neighborhoods farther from downtown, you'll often find furniture being sold on the street. K and A, in particular, was usually host to "clean-out guys" gutting houses and looking to make a buck off of someone's unwanted stuff. Mike? He saw it, he realized he could sell it, and then he hooked a boat trailer and some plywood up to his two-door Ford Explorer and loaded it all up.

Then, without jacking the price up too much, he sold it.

And so, not quite on purpose and not quite by mistake, JINXED became the JINXED that you see today.

But, even with access to all these unique pieces, you won't find any of it at Mike's house. "Selling this stuff," he says, "it changes the way you live." Because, if there's anything he's learned from selling vintage, it's that there's no point in holding on to anything. 'Cause at the end of the day, "this is just all of the stuff that won't fit in the coffin."

 

M O R E  T H A N  J U S T  D E C O R

There are two other things that I love about JINXED and both have to do with communities that JINXED supports. One is the community of artists and the other is the community of business owners.

Perhaps what's so awesome is that you can tell that JINXED has a real relationship with both.

Take the relationship with the art world, for example. JINXED does something a lot of retail owners fail at, which is keeping things exclusive and accessible.

 In other words, you can find art at JINXED that you might not see anywhere else. But anyone can see it or buy it, and they can do so without the usual gallery attitude that goes with it. I'm not a particularly art-savvy person, so I can really appreciate that! And the artists who just want to get out there, I'm sure they appreciate that too.

Gush Gallery presents Double Dutch by Kate Harrold. See more of her city-inspired manipulated digital photography at the JINXED Grand Opening on Saturday 12/12 from 12-8PM @ 4521 BALTIMORE AVE, West Philly. www.kateharrold.com

But, what I love most about JINXED is that it's from Philly and that it's part of our little city circle of life.

In fact, a few years ago- before I had ever formally met Mike or really knew much about the store- I ran into a friend who jokingly was making fun of me for seeing me there so often. At the time, I was a little embarrassed. But years later, I'm glad I'm still doing just that.

When I shop at JINXED I know that I'm supporting a small business. And more importantly, I know that they are supporting other local businesses too.

Take, for example, this weekend's JINXED West Philly Store Grand Opening. In addition to the artwork shown above by Kate Harrold, you'll also find Philly-based Little Baby's Ice Cream. They'll be there with a special JINXED "Box Truck" flavor. And if you attend this weekend's event, you'll get to be a part of the community and support all three.

And that is a detail of city living that's really worth celebrating.

JINXED WEST PHILLY

GRAND OPENING - Saturday Dec. 12th, 12-8PM @ 4521 BALTIMORE AVE

Featuring Artwork by KATE HARROLD, Curated by GUSH GALLERY

Is it Poppin or Naw?

Over the years, I've really come to love living for the details. Be it at home, with my bikes or with the clothing that I wear or even the places that I frequent. I don't just want to buy something because it's cute or because it's so hot right now - though that does happen. I prefer to buy and do things because I relate, because I'm supporting something or someone awesome. Or simply, because it makes me feel good. And yea, I get called a hipster because of it. But, who cares.

What's funny is that this concept seems so simple but it isn't. At least not to me, because I didn't always feel this way. In fact, when I was younger I would really sweat the details. I would try to be different while trying to stay on trend. You know, the typical negative self-image issues that young girls get sucked into. In retrospect, I thought I was dressing and doing for me but I wasn't. I was just fitting in.

I suspect that I'm not the only one that feels this way. Though, what's interesting is that I didn't really notice this change in myself until recently when I changed jobs. By recently, I mean the past two years or so. Right now, I work with a ton of men. And as much as I miss working with more women to share my enthusiasm for fashion or jewelry, or what have you, it's forced me to decide what my style really is. Because let's be real, I could wear a trash bag to work and none of them would really care. Hell, I don't even really have to care. But, what's happened is the opposite. At first, I was nervous about wearing my floor length skirts, fitted overalls or hall-echoing heels around guys who were basically hanging out at work in jorts and graphic tees. But with few women around to judge or even to compliment, I just started wearing whatever I wanted and loving it. Wake up on my period and throw on an oversized grandpa cardigan, my boyfriend's worn in white V, black skinnies and comfy but tall pointedwedgebooties? Oh, and those tie dye socks too. Yes please. I started feeling comfy and sassy and didn't give a fuch. By not really caring and just dressing for me, I started dressing more like me.

Now, I guess you could say that's just a byproduct of getting older.... or becoming stupider. Or maybe, I've just become a little more independent. Maybe, maybe not. But fashion and lifestyle, to me, have become so much more than just looking good or buying things from somewhere because it easy or accessible . It's about living for the details, celebrating them every day and feeling good doing it.

"Around Town" is going to be just that - celebrating the details. I hope you like it!

What's what: Madewell tunic, thrifted Via Spiga booties from Retrospect, Dooney & Burke doctor bag from the Fairmount Flea Market. Plants from ACE Hardware on Fairmount Avenue- they have the best succulents and this location has been in the neighborhood since I was a little girl!